Get XTRA SPEED on Turf Pests with a Fully Equipped Granular Insecticide

When customers deal with lawn pests like chinch bugs, fleas, ticks, crane flies, scorpions, earwigs, mole crickets and even dangerous fire ants, they count on you to quickly eliminate them and keep them from coming back. At FMC Professional Solutions, we created a granular insecticide featuring many XTRAS that will kick your outdoor pest control into high gear. With Talstar® XTRA featuring Verge™ granule technology, all the XTRAs come standard without the added cost. One of the XTRA features is speed, allowing you to tackle tough turf pests faster than you ever thought possible. With the addition of zeta-cypermethrin, Talstar XTRA provides accelerated knockdown and kill of target pests. In fact, Talstar XTRA is proven to control fire ants in fifteen minutes! Also formulated with FMC bifenthrin, this granular insecticide delivers the dependable residual the industry has come to expect from the Talstar brand, remaining effective for up to four months. As these results indicate, Talstar XTRA controlled fire ant colonies faster than the competition without having to sacrifice any residual protection. Discover even more XTRA benefits by watching this short video and contact your FMC Market Specialist to learn more about this fully-equipped granular...

Pro Bono Fire Ant Treatment Saves a School

Children in northern Florida are just returning to school and may find something more frightening than homework—fire ants. This summer’s excessive rains have caused fire ant populations to explode, just before the school year begins. But at one school, fire ants have been expelled. That’s because Trad’s Pest Control, a full-service pest control and turf management company in Jacksonville, teamed up with FMC to treat the grounds of San Juan del Rio Church and School in nearby St. John’s, Florida. The school’s fire ant problem has grown significantly over the summer, when turf was untreated and consistent rains caused the red imported fire ant (RIFA) population to boom. Trad’s donated the manpower while Philadelphia-based FMC Professional Solutions donated the ammunition, namely its Talstar® XTRA featuring Verge™ granule technology. Talstar XTRA is a new type of granular insecticide that controls fire ant mounds in as little as fifteen minutes while generating virtually no dust or odor when applied. “Verge technology is based on the same technology as kitty litter,” explained Denise Wartan, General Manager of Trad’s. “It’s a clay based granule that breaks down and disappears into to the soil quickly and stays there. This is great for schools that need help fast, but also need a solution that lasts.” Wartan adds that Trad’s is certified in ‘integrated pest management’ for schools, so the company uses approved, low-impact products and treats in a manner to limit children’s exposure. Red imported fire ants (RIFA) live in mounds in all types of turf, along driveways and sidewalks and just about anywhere there is ample soil and moisture. When disturbed, fire ants will...

Top Tweets: Green Kyllinga and Other Weed Control News

Check out the most popular @FMCturf tweets from the past few weeks, including weed control for resilient dollarweed and doveweed and how a Texas turf pro beat green kyllinga. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for turf care industry news, expert advice and the very latest turf product updates from FMC Professional Solutions. Video: Tornado touching down at @PineviewGolfOtt #golf course. http://t.co/o4j3YKxSYT — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) August 12, 2013 Why hadn’t someone thought of a toolbox-on-wheels sooner?! http://t.co/2s39lkcocB — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) August 1, 2013 A helpful article on green health and speed. http://t.co/pFyMM4bo2i — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) August 12, 2013 Hilarious? Yes, but also scary! Always exercise caution when mowing the #lawn. http://t.co/9HMwpKNiwm — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) August 2, 2013 What we're reading: The One Way to Control #Nutsedge. http://t.co/iKksLgnJPA — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) August 6, 2013 7 late-season aspects of #lawncare to focus on. http://t.co/IVOtsOkPSF Via @yg_pro — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) August 5, 2013 Having problems with green kyllinga? You’re not alone! This #turf pro banished the weed: http://t.co/JqALbXnvSu — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) August 9, 2013 Neglecting maintenance can be more costly in the long run than keeping up with it: http://t.co/BKEnTrc4XB — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) August 9, 2013 5 reasons why it’s an “epic” crabgrass year. http://t.co/HVvDGxdNFH — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) August 8, 2013 From the Turf Wire archives: #dollarweed and #doveweed are two resilient summer invaders. http://t.co/mngRJYRHk5 — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) August 12,...

The Responsible Care Global Charter Drives Globally Responsible and Safe Turf Care Product Production

A lot of what we do at FMC Professional Solutions involves a great deal of chemistry. We’re continuously researching new and innovative ways to create products that meet the growing needs for the turf care industry. Beyond that, we strive to implement safe production of chemicals as well as promote responsible product stewardship and sustainable development to the turf management community. Among other international companies, former FMC Corporation President and CEO William Walter put his signature on the Declaration of Support to the Responsible Care® Global Charter, one of the driving forces behind the globally responsible and safe production and distribution of our turf care products. Launched publically in 2006 at the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM-1) by the International Council of Chemical Associations, the Responsible Care Global Charter focuses on improving performance, communication and accountability to the companies involved. Responsible Care is a major contribution to the industry in achieving sustainable development by committing companies to work together to continuously improve the health, safety and environmental performance of their products and processes. The Responsible Care Global Charter contains nine key elements and employs a system of checklists, performance indicators and verification procedures to guide the companies involved towards their global commitment. This initiative has driven a transformation in the way that companies operate: from being secretive and defensive about their activities, to being more open, honest and actively seeking dialogue and partnerships with stakeholders. Through Responsible Care, the industry can operate more safely, profitably and with care for future generations. The Declaration of support to the Responsible Care Global Charter requires the close co-operation of everyone involved...

Getting a Grip on Green Kyllinga

It’s tough growing turf in South Texas. Aside from the high heat, the soil is a heavy clay/sandy loam mixture that defies digging. “Up North you can stick a shovel into the soil, but down here you have to jump on it – and even then it may not move,” says George Cincotta, golf course superintendent at Riverbend Country Club in Sugar Land, Tex., just south of Houston. “In Texas we call it dirt, not soil.” Built in 1957 with Press Maxwell as architect, Riverbend underwent intensive renovation in recent years. Cincotta and his crew reshaped greens, converted fairway grasses, improved irrigation and replaced drainage. Currently, Riverbend features Mini Verde greens and 419 bermudagrass fairways, tees and roughs, with bits of fescue and seashore paspalum in the shady spots. Generally, Cincotta applies two preemergent weed applications – in spring and fall for warm-season and cool-season weeds. Last year, Cincotta had a problem with green kyllinga – a perennial sedge with narrow, grass-like leaves. “I hadn’t seen it for years and all of a sudden it popped up everywhere – even on tees,” adds Cincotta. “I knew it was time to change my spring preemergent treatment.” On the advice of his distributor representative, Cincotta applied Echelon® herbicide to all fairways and roughs – approximately 135 acres. “We sprayed Echelon in early March and I haven’t seen green kyllinga since,” says Cincotta. “It definitely controlled my kyllinga. I liked Echelon and will use it again next year.” Now that he has his tough weed problems under control, Cincotta has additional plans for enhancing his golf course, such as lengthening some holes...